What happens when I come in?

When you come for chemotherapy, you will be given very specific information about the type of chemotherapy you are having.

You will be given the chance to ask questions and you will also be given a phone number, so you can call if you think of any other questions after you leave the clinic.

Staff will tell you:

  • About the drug you are taking
  • How you will be given the chemotherapy
  • What reactions you might experience
  • About any side effects of treatment
  • How you can access extra help and support

Everyone who attends the clinic for chemotherapy first needs to have a blood test. If possible, patients have blood tests done the day before coming to clinic, either at their GP's surgery or at hospital. If that is not possible, the blood test can be done on arrival, in the blood test room near the waiting area.

Please take a numbered slip and wait for your number to be called. After having your blood test, report to reception.

The time you will spend on Hamwic ward will vary. If you are a day case patient, you will need to arrive early in the morning and will probably be at the clinic until 7pm or 8pm.

If you are a clinic patient, you will probably be at the clinic for several hours.

The Chemotherapy clinic is consultant-led, so you can expect to see your doctor regularly. They, and other members of staff, will check the progress of your treatment and keep you informed.